It’s no secret that the nation’s typical working pattern has changed dramatically over recent years, and this has reignited conversations around flexible and hybrid working and its benefits.
Hailed as the future of work-life balance and productivity, trade unions across Europe have called on governments to implement the four-day working week. Many countries have trialled and adopted this reduced working pattern, but this time, the UK is about to trial the four-day work week in a pilot scheme. But did you know that more efficient FMCG planning software can shorten the working week too?
Running a 24/7 warehouse? Use FMCG planning to your advantage
You might think that being a 24/7 warehouse, there’s no reason to look at ways to make the work week shorter, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Efficient planning could mean you save enough time and resources to narrow down the number of staff you have working, cut overtime costs, and save a considerable amount of time and money on agency staff.
Remove the time cost of extra leeway
One trait we’ve seen a lot in our work is that manual planners will always give themselves too much leeway, mostly unintentionally. It’s a factor that seems unavoidable, put in place to allow room for human error and any other factors that go into planning and scheduling manually. Using FMCG planning software eliminates manual planning errors, removing the need for leeway and saves you considerable time and money.
Spreadsheets are trapping your workers
Spreadsheets have been used in the workforce since around 1985 – at least that’s when Excel was launched. By staying in the past and refusing to consider modernising your systems, those using spreadsheets are often left feeling very stuck as they’re the only ones that know how to do their job. That’s a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. By switching to efficient FMCG planning software, it frees up time to allow your planners to go on holiday or take time off, without abandoning the planning with people that don’t understand the processes.
Worth a thought, we think you’ll agree?
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